Quiet Wednesday – so far . . .


We had quite a rainstorm last night, but today it’s clear, sunny & a little warm:
74 degrees – not bad for August! Just got home from a few errands – library, Gordon Food Service, Belle Tire, the fruit/vegetable stand and lastly: Baskin Robbins for youngest son’s 20th birthday/ice cream cake (Peanut Butter Cup – no less!). If you remember the comic strip: “Sad Sack” – that’s sort of our youngest son’s dilemma lately. Belle Tire called last night on his truck: it seems son ‘accidentally’ put power steering fluid in the brake fluid (BAD THING!). Apparently if/when that happens it contaminates the brake lines – ALL PARTS MUST BE TAKEN OUT & REPLACED. (now, if you’re like me, you’re thinking: Why can’t they just flush the lines? – Apparently that’s not done, the guy explained that there is a multi-step process to this whole repair – sensors, etc. IF you miss even ONE part of the repair, the whole thing is ruined – trash it and start again. Oh, and the repair for this (NOT COUNTING LABOR) is $1,500.00! Husband & I were ready to just quit; son who owns said truck pipes up and says he has a friend who’s a certified mechanic who can do the job for half the cost, at his house. UGH! Right now we’re awaiting word from said ‘friend’ as to where to have the truck towed (Oh, joy – ANOTHER $75.00 towing fee!). I would get angry, but why bother? It’s his BIRTHDAY, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! (Hence the ice cream cake). Yep, it’s a crazy world we live in around here . . .

Oh! Yesterday when husband & I went to vote we walked into the elementary school to discover we were the only voters at that time; there were 5 lovely older ladies there to help us. I looked down and noticed a skein of yarn & some knitting needles – not being one to be too shy when it comes to my ‘passion’ I piped up and asked: “Who’s the knitter?” Well, that started a whole discussion – apparently they ALL knit or crochet! I gave them all my business cards from my purse (one wanted more as she lives in a complex!) – they’re all excited to come to my group! Pretty neat, eh? Last night was Knit/Crochet night and we solidified plans for next Tuesday’s Knit/MOVIE night (salads & desserts) plus ironed out questions on “Do we ONLY have to knit/crochet BABY BLANKETS? Can we do hats, sweaters or booties?”  The answer is Yes – so now we will have all those above mentioned items along with blankets – YAY!


Spinach-Ricotta Stuffed Shells

16 jumbo pasta shells*
1 1/2 T. olive oil
2 tsp. fresh garlic, minced
4 C. (packed) fresh spinach leaves,
roughly chopped
1 (12 oz) pkg. ricotta cheese
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese,
plus more for serving
1 large egg
1 T. fresh basil, finely chopped
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 1/4 C. marinara sauce

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Cook pasta al dente, accordg
to pkg. directions; drain & set
aside. Heat oliveoil in large skillet
over medium-high heat. When oil
begins to shimmer, add garlic; cook
until it begins to brown, about 1-2
minutes. Add spinach & cook, stirring
occasionally, until leaves begin to
wilt but are still bright green, 3-4
minutes. Spinach should be
reduced by half; remove from heat &
let cool.
In mixing bowl, stir together spinach,
ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, egg,
basil & salt/pepper until thoroughly
combined. Pour 1/2/ C. marinara sauce
in bottom of shallow 8 X 8″ dish. Stuff
each pasta shell with a generous amount
of spinach/cheese mixture & place in
baking dish. Cover shells with remaining
sauce & bake, (foil) covered, 25 minutes. Remove
cover (foil) & bake until top begins to brown &
sauce begins to bubble, another 10-15 minutes.
Serve dusting top with more Parmesan.
Serves 4

*cook a few extra shells in case
some break when filling

(recipe: allfood.recipes)
Easy Banana Pudding Poke Cake

2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 C. sugar
1 small (3 1/2 oz) pkg instant
vanilla pudding mix
1 C. sour ceam
4 large eggs, beaten
1/2 C. canola oil
2 tsp. vanilla

1 large box instant banana
cream pudding mix
3 C. cold milk
1 1/2 C. heavy whipping cream
1/2 C. powdered sugar (or,
to taste)
1/2 tsp. vanilla


crushed nilla wafers
fresh, sliced bananas

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease & flour 9 X 13″ baking
pan, or use baking spray. Place
flour, baking powder, baking
soda, sugar, vanilla pudding mix,
sour cream, eggs, oil & vanilla in
large bowl; mix 3-5 minutes. Pour
mixture into prepared pan; bake
35-40 minutes or until top is golden
brown & toothpick inserted into
center comes out clean. Let cool
5-10 minutes, then poke holes all
over cake with handle of a wooden
spoon. Mix large box instant banana
pudding mix with milk 2-3 minutes
or until pudding mix is fully dissolved,
but pudding is still pourable. Pour all
over top of cake, making sure it gets
into all the holes. Chill cake until fully
cooled & pudding has set, 15-20
minutes. Whip heavy cream, powdered
sugar & vanilla until stiff peaks form. Spread
on top of cake, garnish with crushed
cookies & sliced bananas. Serve immediately.
Serves 8-10

(recipe: allfood.recipes)
Tex-Mex Sloppy Joe Tortillas

1/2 lb. ground beef
1 chipotle chili en adobo sauce,
 in can
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. smoked paprika
 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
 12 oz. beer
 2 T. ketchup
 1/2 C. cilantro, chopped/divided
 1 T. lime juice
 salt & pepper, to taste
 Large corn tortillas
 chopped lettuce
 chopped tomatoes
 corn kernels
 lemon slices -
 In large skillet over medium-low
 heat, cook meat until browned,
 about 10 minutes. Add onions &
 diced pepper; cook until soft, about
 5 minutes; add garlic-cook 30 seconds
 more. In a blender, put tomato sauce,
 chipotle chile, oregano, ground cumin,
 smoked paprika, allspice, Wors. sauce;
 mix well then pour into skillet with
 beer, ketchup & half of cilantro. Stir
 until well combined. Cook on medium-
 low uncovered 15 minutes then stir
 in remaining cilantro & lime juice. Adjust
 seasonings & add salt & pepper to
 Serve on warmed tortillas, garnished
 with your choice of garnishes.

(recipe: allfood.recipes)

Pepperoni/Cheese/Zucchini Bites

1 medium zucchini
 garlic salt
 3/4 C. spaghetti sauce
 2 C. mozzarella cheese, shredded
 1/2 (6 oz) pkg. sliced pepperoni
 1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
 Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
 Slice zucchini into 1/4" slices.
 Line a baking sheet with foil &
 spray with nonstick spray (you
 might need 2 pans). Place zucchini
 slices in pan in one layer & sprinkle
 lightly with garlic salt. Bake slices
 about 10 minutes until they are 
 fork tender. Remove from oven &
 spread about 1 T. spaghetti sauce 
 over top of each slice; top with 
 shredded mozzarella and 1-2
 slices pepperoni. Sprinkle each
 slice with a bit of Parmesan cheese.
 Turn oven to Broil. Broil slices
 until cheese is bubbly - watch
 closely, should take 2-3 minutes.
 Makes 7-8 servings.
 (recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
Creamy Ranch, Bacon & Tomato Pasta Salad
1 (16 oz) pkg. bacon, cooked & crumbled
1 (16 oz) pkg. large shell pasta
1 1/2 lb. grape tomatoes, sliced in half
3 green onions, chopped
3/4 C. sour cream
3/4 C. mayonnaise
3/4 C. buttermilk
1 (1 oz) pkg. Ranch salad dressing mix
salt & pepper
Boil pasta accordg to pkg directions. Place
in strainer; pour cold water over pasta until
it comes to room temperature; set aside. 
Place tomatoes & green onions in large bowl;
add cooled, cooked pasta. In small mixing bowl,
combine sour cream, mayonnaise, buttermilk &
dry ranch mix; stir well to combine, making sure
all ingredients are well incorporated. Add 
crumbled bacon to pasta mixture. Pour half of
dressing over pasta; stir well. Cover & 
refrigerate 1 hour or until ready to serve.
Refrigerate remaining dressing as well. When
ready to serve, pour remaining dressing over
top; stir well, making sure all ingredients are
covered with dressing. Taste it - add sald & 
pepper, if needed.Makes 10 large servings

(recipe: Jamiecooksitup!)
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  1. Pardon my comment but talk about falling in the out house and coming out smelling like a rose –that is you Pamela Jane. More new people to join the group has got to be exciting. As to the truck problem I reserve the right to save our friendship and will keep my mouth shut. Enjoy the great days!

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